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Some Good News About Public Schools

Some Good News About Public Schools | MASSP News | Scoop.it
When people continuously carp about public schools, they seem to forget that many of society's successful figures got their start in such schools, Brian Cleary writes.
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Good news about public schools 

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Education-Related Cases Part of High Court Workload

Education-Related Cases Part of High Court Workload | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away several education appeals and heard arguments in other cases watched by school groups as its 2013-14 term opened.
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Springfield, MO case was in question

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“It’s Not a School Problem”

“It’s Not a  School  Problem” | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Diane Ravitch’s scorched-earth critique of high-stakes testing and education reform.
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New SAT Results Show No Change in Average Scores

New SAT Results Show No Change in Average Scores | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Data for the class of 2013 show slight gains for Hispanic and African-American students. The number of test-takers, meanwhile, declined slightly from the prior year.
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Advice for Educators Wanting to be Principals -- Part One

Advice for Educators Wanting to be Principals -- Part One | MASSP News | Scoop.it

(This is Part One in a multi-part series) Last week's question was: What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a principal? 

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Joplin High School leaders tackle issue of scheduling - Joplin Globe

Joplin High School leaders tackle issue of scheduling - Joplin Globe | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Joplin High School leaders tackle issue of scheduling Joplin Globe Administrators from Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center met this week to start hashing out what class scheduling will look like at the new high school when it opens...
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"flexibility in scheduling and course offerings is needed because students learn at different rates and have varying career and postsecondary educational goals."

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Federal government repeats demand that Washington rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill | Washington Policy Center

Federal government repeats demand that Washington rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill | Washington Policy Center | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the news broke that the U.S. Department of Education meant what it said last summer, when it told Washington state to rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill, SB 5896.
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Coalition for Missouri's Future |

Coalition for Missouri's Future | | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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When Dirty is NOT a Dirty Word |

When Dirty is NOT a Dirty Word | | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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What if two years of community college were available to all students?  How different would our world be?  "The take home message for high school educators is that there is a need for reevaluating the “one-size fits all” approach to post high school education."

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Top Fla. Legislators Call for Withdrawal From Common-Test Group

Top Fla. Legislators Call for Withdrawal From Common-Test Group | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Florida's senate president and speaker of the house urged the schools commissioner to withdraw the state from the PARCC consortium, amid concerns about testing time and technological readiness.
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"lawmakers also worried about districts' technological readiness for the computer-based tests, the timeliness with which test results will be returned, security of student data, and other things."

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"We have been trying to solve a problem of professional practice by bureaucratic means."

John Thomson Reviews Jal Mehta's "The Allure of Order"

 

The Allure of Order describes the latest technocratic reform as another effort to turn the clock back to the mentality of the Model T assembly line.


Via Mel Riddile
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This speaks to the point that the focus on students is being overshadowed by rules and regulations.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:09 PM

By definition, bureaucrats do not innovate. They control and maintain. Bureaucrats cannot and will not solve challenges relating to improving professional practice.

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Forget About Working On Your Weakness, Play To Your Strengths: Your (Overwhelming) Reaction To The Idea

Forget About Working On Your Weakness, Play To Your Strengths: Your (Overwhelming) Reaction To The Idea | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Forbes readers react (in huge numbers) to the argument that you should build up your strengths, instead of trying to offset your weaknesses.
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The same philosophy should apply w/ teacher evaluation.  Focus on their strengths and they may improve overall.

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Feds' Advice on School Intruders Worries Some Experts

Feds' Advice on School Intruders Worries Some Experts | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A long-awaited White House guide suggests that school staff can try to fight back when there's no other choice.
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Common-Core Rollout Ripe for Studying, Experts Say

Common-Core Rollout Ripe for Studying, Experts Say | MASSP News | Scoop.it
R&D is needed if new standards are going to improve learning, say educators and researchers, but making that happen could be a tricky business.
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NYC Tech Shortcomings Prompt Big Payout for Educators

NYC Tech Shortcomings Prompt Big Payout for Educators | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A $41 million settlement being paid to educators in the country's largest school district could have big implications for districts struggling to provide adequate technology.
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Shortcomings of district tech support for educators

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Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement

Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The overall academic performance of U.S. students will never equal that of our toughest international competitors if we continue to focus on high-stakes tests alone, write Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson.
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So, You Want To Be A Principal?

So, You Want To Be A Principal? | MASSP News | Scoop.it

(This is Part Two in a multi-part series.) Last week's question was: What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a principal?

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ACT Lures Top Talent From College Board

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The head of research and development for the College Board joins rival ACT, as the two organizations stake out turf in the common-assessment world.
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Interesting moves among testing companies.

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Viewpoint:Too many factors exist to simply base teachers' pay on student ... - MLive.com

Viewpoint:Too many factors exist to simply base teachers' pay on student ... - MLive.com | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Viewpoint:Too many factors exist to simply base teachers' pay on student ...
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Is there is a place for evaluation? Yes, by peers and by principals. Evaluation should not be based heavily on student performance.
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Google Drive - Quick reference guide for teachers and students

Google Drive - Quick reference guide for teachers and students | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Having trouble getting your head around Google Drive and / or Google Docs?
Well stress no more with this great printable guide to using Google Drive.

Via John Evans, MSTA
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Chris Upton + helpers's comment, August 26, 2013 3:48 PM
got it...
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's comment, August 26, 2013 9:51 PM
Thanks Maria!:)
Ann Sciabarrasi's curator insight, December 22, 2013 7:01 PM

looks helpful

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Raising the bar

Raising the bar | MASSP News | Scoop.it
HERE’S a multiple-choice question: if the federal government penalises states where pupils do badly in school, but lets the states themselves set the pass mark,...
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When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The national exam produces the most widely valued test data in the country, but that information is often put to questionable use, researchers say.
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Interesting points on the misuse of NAEP data

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Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising"

Which states will see proficiency rates drop the most? "Truth in advertising" | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards

Education Next

 

"Note that an A or a B does not indicate a relatively high performance by students in the state. Rather, it indicates that the state’s definition of proficient embodies higher expectations for students. It is best thought of as a high grade for “truth in advertising,” telling citizens frankly how well students are performing on an internationally accepted scale, just as states have pledged to do by joining the CCSS consortium. See the methodological sidebar for further details."


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Leadership Lessons From The Harvard Of Europe

Leadership Lessons From The Harvard Of Europe | MASSP News | Scoop.it
VideoA 2011 survey of the global Fortune 500 shows that more CEOs have graduated from Harvard University than any other institution.
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This applies to what education was but it seems the bureauacy gets in the way more:  "He also argues that firms are increasingly led through influence rather than hierarchy, with the ability to motivate others."

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Boys 2 Men | Columbia Business Times

Boys 2 Men | Columbia Business Times | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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High school students develop biomedical engineering app.

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